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William Mayne
We're gonna need a bigger boat

We're gonna need a bigger boat

Last week we took delivery of a brand new (to us) 25HL brewhouse and 6 additional 25HL FVs.Currently we’ve been maxed out brewing 30HL per week on our 10HL dairy tank system with 2 x 20HL FVs and 5 x 10HL FVs.If anyone’s ever visited the brewery, you’ll know our dairy tank brewhouse is very basic, and that’s the way we like it! Little moving parts = less to break. Some things aren’t ideal, but we average a mash efficiency of around 85%. There are some constraints though, our rectangular kettle makes whirlpool additions impossible and we’re having to brew...

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Update on Licensing Legislation and April's Taproom at the Brewery

Update on Licensing Legislation and April's Taproom at the Brewery

Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel this weekend’s taproom at the brewery as our occasional license application was rejected this morning at Laganside Court. Just to give a bit of background as to how a license for a one off taproom is currently obtained in Northern Ireland. Each of the ~1200 pubs in Northern Ireland has the ability to apply for occasional licenses. These are licenses where the pub can trade outside it’s licensed premises and requires an application to be made to the District Court, the Commander of the District Police Station, and to the local Council. Up until lockdown,...

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A New Look

A New Look

Hello beer fans.  Today we’re happy to let you know about our new look. We’ve had a few facelifts over the past 4-5 years as the brewery has evolved from little more than a hobby, to what it is today, five people's livelihoods.  We’ve been in our new premises for a little over 12 months now. 2021 has been a huge year for us. We've secured a license to open the first new bar in Belfast in around 30 years and we've had our beer pouring in multiple export markets around the world.  As our net has been cast wider and...

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Summer Festival Roundup

Summer Festival Roundup

I know we always harp on about it (pardon the pun) but here in NI we’re the isolated little cousin of the GB craft scene and the ROI craft scene, and without having a thriving industry of our own, sometimes it’s a lonely place to be. The usual model for a recently opened brewery in GB is: start producing (keg only), selling at a high margin directly to your consumers at your taproom, with 90%+ of your income coming via high margin, cash sales. Once an established customer base has been established, go to the bank (or investors) and secure...

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